Newcastle kept up their hopes of winning the Championship title by overcoming Cardiff at the Cardiff City Stadium.
There wasn’t much action in the first half but, Aron Gunnarsson did have a low shot from the edge of the box saved by Rob Elliot in the Newcastle goal. The Bluebirds did have the ball in the goal through Sean Morrison, but it was disallowed for a foul on Ciaran Clark by the cente-back.
Just after that Kareem Harris had to go off because of an injury, which is a shame because he was starting to get the better of Newcastle right-back DeAndre Yedlin. The only time Newcastle got close to the goal was when Junior Hoilett failed to stay on Yedlin, allowing Mohamed Diame and, but Allan McGregor kept out his effort from a tight angle.
City should’ve gone in front just after the break, but Craig Noone failed to hit the target after Joe Bennett’s cross had been headed back to him by a Newcastle player. It was a really good chance as he was free at the back post, but somehow managing to put it wide.
About five minutes after that chance, Morrison needlessly pushed over Christian Atsu just outside the box. Atsu beautifully dunked the ball over the ball into the top corner, with McGregor unmoved. It was a fantastic goal.
The away side started to seize control of the game and the away fans were now in full voice. They doubled their lead about 10 minutes later through Isaac Hayden. Cardiff have him too much time to look up and hit a swerving shot past the unmoved McGregor into the corner from 20 yards out.
City should’ve got the back in the game about five minutes later but Bruno Manga headed over a few yards from the goal. That was the chance Cardiff needed to give themselves a chance. Kenneth Zohore, who signed a new contract with the club just before kick-off, also headed over form a very good position.
Substiute Aleksandar Mitrovix forced a good save from McGregor as Newcastle looked to extend their lead. Noone had another very good chance to score, but somehow skied the ball when Zohore found him at the back post. It when miles over the bar.
Peter Whittingham just after the hour mark in what could be his last home game for the club. He’s been a great servant to the club and deserved the applause he got when he left the field to be replace by Anthony Pilkington.
Newcastle, who were roared on by 4,000 very loud away fans, are now only one point behind Brighton. Although they are already promoted, they still have a slim chance of winning the title if Brighton slip up. The Bluebirds remain in 13th place in he league, as they lost only their second home league game of 2017.
Next up for City is their last game of the season at Huddersfield. Hopefully they can finish the season on a high.